The NHL’s trade deadline is a bittersweet time for players.
Some will be presented an opportunity to compete for a Stanley Cup contender, but with that, their personal lives will completely change. New home, new neighborhoods, potentially new schools for their children. It’s a reality of the business and Ottawa Senators Mark Borowiecki is very aware of that.
With the Sens sitting last in the Atlantic Division with a 19-27-5 record, the veteran understands that change could be on the horizon. Colorado owns Ottawa’s 2019 first-round pick so they could be looking to deal some of its stars to get back into the top 31. Brorowiecki was asked about the process and expressed that deep down, all players are thinking about what could happen in the coming weeks.
Borowiecki is in the first year of a two-year, $2.4 million deal, a reasonable contract that could be enticing for teams looking for a tough blue-liner. While the 29-year-old is in the first year of his agreement, some of the organization’s top stars are in their last. Mark Stone and Matt Duchene, who lead the Sens in points respectively, are both headed for free agency this summer and will be two huge names to look for as the next couple of weeks wind down. Duchene has a very clear understanding that at the end of the day, it’s all just business.
It will be very interesting to see how Ottawa and other non-contenders around the league will manage their assets.